New studies conducted by two separate research groups have further established a connection between bladder cancer and the drug Actos. The link between Actos and cancer was first detected about 18 months ago. Follow-up studies have supported the initial findings and reveal that a disproportionate amount of Actos patients later develop bladder cancer.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania concludes that Actos may not be only diabetes medication responsible for bladder cancer. The authors believe that all diabetic drugs known as glitazones, or thiazolidinediones, present an increased risk of cancer. Popular glitazones include:
Studies indicate that both the dosage and period of time taking the medication factor into Actos patients’ risk of bladder cancer. In other words, your chances of developing cancer are greater if you are on high doses of glitazones and/or use them for the long-term treatment of diabetes.
If you or a loved one has developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, Avandia or Rezulin, contact an experienced Michigan medication error lawyer.
McKeen & Associates proficiently assists victims of dangerous medications, including those seriously harmed by the side effects of diabetes drugs.
Source: AboutLawsuits.com, “Studies Confirm Link Between Actos And Bladder Cancer,” June 1, 2012